Suzan-Lori Parks: Essays on the Plays and Other Works

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Philip C. Kolin
McFarland, Jan 10, 2014 - Literary Criticism - 219 pages
The first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama, Suzan-Lori Parks has received international recognition for her provocative and influential works. Her plays capture the nightmares of African Americans endangered by a white establishment determined to erase their history and eradicate their dreams. A dozen essays address Parks's plays, screenplays and novel. Additionally, this book includes two original interviews (one with Parks and another with her long-time director Liz Diamond) and a production chronology of her plays.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Pucks Magic Mojo
7
Everything and Nothing
20
Jazzing Time Love and the Female Self in Three Early Plays by SuzanLori Parks
34
You one of uh mines?
45
Sampling and Remixing
65
For the Love of the Venus
76
A Full Refund Aint Enough
88
Parks and the Traumas of Childhood
140
Demeter Persephone and Willa Mae Beede
156
The Unconscious and Metaphors in SuzanLori Parkss Screenplays of Girl 6 and Their Eyes Were Watching God
169
An Interview with SuzanLori Parks
181
A Parks Remix
191
A Production History of the Works of SuzanLori Parks
203
About the Contributors
207
Index
211

Does Reshuffling the Cards Change the Game?
103
SuzanLori Parkss 365 Days365 Plays
124

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Philip C. Kolin is the University Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he teaches classes in American drama and Shakespeare. He has published more than 40 books and 200 articles.

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